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Indians Manager Terry Francona Takes Part of the Blame for Cody Allen’s Blown Save

Indians fans were having a good time last night second guessing Indians manager Terry Francona after he went to closer Cody Allen in the 9th inning as the Indians held a two-run lead over the White Sox at Progressive Field.

Everyone knows how the 9th ended up, with Allen allowing five runs, four of which came on a grand slam by Adam Eaton to send the Sox to a 10-7 win.

Today, Francona took a portion of the blame for going to Allen in the 9th, stating that he was on the fence about going to Allen in the first place.

“Last night, I know he got a blown save, but I’d probably take half of that blown save, because I was on the fence if he should’ve pitched,” Francona said to the media before Thursday’s game against the White Sox.

“He’d been up a lot lately, and he didn’t get hit hard. He gave up the home run, but the other ones (were not hit hard). But, I still feel like he’s out there throwing a lot of pitches under a lot of intensity. So I kind of wore that one a little bit when I went home.”

Indians fans took to twitter after the blown save, just the third of the season for Allen, stating that the the manager should have went to recent acquisition Andrew Miller, who pitched two innings the night before and Francona said was unavailable to pitch in Wednesday’s game.

Allen for the record has 23 saves this season and an ERA of just 3.16. He’s blown three saves on the season. Miller since joining the Indians is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 11 K’s and no walks.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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